Last year was the first time that I left my iPhone for more than a month and switch to Android. I used the Galaxy S7 for around 5 Months until the iPhone 7 came out. I've always liked Android but until a couple years ago it just wasn't as good as iOS and when I say good I mean the apps available on the OS were not as good as those on iOS.
I believe 2017 is the first year that it doesn't really matter what phone you choose because all of them are going to be pretty much the same. The iPhone 8 will look and function very similarly to the Galaxy S8 and both devices have lots of features which end up accomplishing the same thing. I sold my iPhone 7 a couple of weeks ago in preparation for the Galaxy S8 because it is the best smartphone ever made. The combination of materials, features, software, and design of the phone make it the most comfortable smartphone I have held and it sports the most beautiful screen I have seen. The iPhone 8 will most like match all this but we are still months away from an announcement this means it's currently Samsung's turn to shine.
I ended up purchasing the Silver since I have had a black phone for the past couple of years and Samsung has given all the S8 colors black fronts which is perfect. If you have yet to see one in person, I highly reccomend going to a store and checking it out. This is what phones will look like for the next couple of years until the foldable displays become more affordable. I’ll be making some videos on the S8 this coming weekend so stay tuned for those!
The folks over at WatchAware.com have launched a new section on their site that allows you to check out how some of your favorite apps will look like on the Apple Watch. There are currently around 60 Apple Watch apps for you to try out but they are updating the list frequently, this site should make you familiar with the watch so you’re ready to use it on day 1.
Check out our video demonstrating the setup process of the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. The devices are fairly easy to set up but they only work with Android devices running Android 4.3+ so if you have anything other than that, they won’t work. I also show you some of the watch faces and software features.
Special thanks to AT&T for letting us borrow the Galaxy S5 Active to setup the Android Wear devices!
Posted below is a video on how to replace the bands/straps on the Samsung’s Gear Live and LG’s G Watch. They can both use any 22mm watch strap but in the video I switch out the LG G Watch strap with the Samsung Gear Live strap.
Earlier today the LG G Watch went live on the Google Play Store. The watch is priced at $229 and is available in “Black Titan” and “White Gold”. The strap on the watch can be replaced with any standard 22mm strap and the body of the watch is IP67 water and dust resistant. The device is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3+ and will ship on July 3rd.
1.65” 280 x 280 IPS LCD
37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95 mm
CPU 1.2 GHz
Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
4 GB internal storage with 512 MB RAM
Ports and Connectors
USB (pogo pin) on G Watch, Micro USB on Charging Cradle
9 Axis (Accelerometer/Compass/Gyro)
All-day comfort The G Watch’s beautiful display, slim design and long battery life make it remarkably comfortable to wear, all day, every day.
A choice of colors
Match your style with a choice of Black Titan and White Gold.
Customize your G Watch with any standard 22mm (0.86 inch) watch strap.
The G Watch never sleeps. Its Always-on display allows you to check the time and see new information at a glance without touching it.
The G Watch’s powerful yet compact battery will keep your watch going all day on a single charge.
Certified water and dust resistant
Don’t worry about wet or rough conditions. The G Watch is IP67 water and dust resistant.
Useful information when you need it most
Android Wear organizes your information, suggests what you’re going to need, and shows it to you before you even ask, such as weather forecasts in the morning and flight time and gate information before leaving for the airport.
Straight answers to spoken questions
Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions, like how many calories are in an avocado, what time your flight leaves, and the score of the football game. Say “Ok Google” to get stuff done like sending a text, setting a reminder or taking a note.
Compatible with Android 4.3+
The G Watch can be used with any Smartphone running Android 4.3 and above. Visit g.co/WearCheck from your phone to see if it’s compatible.
Download Android Wear
Download the Android Wear app from the Play Store on your phone to get started.
Today Google announced Android Wear, it is an operating system for smartwatches and other wearable devices. The software is heavily integrated with Google Now and will have features such as always on listening like that of the Motorola X that allow you to command the watch without having to touch any buttons. Check out the videos below to see the software in action…
Android Wear: Information that moves with you
Today we’re announcing Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. And we’re starting with the most familiar wearable—watches. Going well beyond the mere act of just telling you the time, a range of new devices along with an expansive catalogue of apps will give you:
Useful information when you need it most. Android Wear shows you info and suggestions you need, right when you need them. The wide variety of Android applications means you’ll receive the latest posts and updates from your favorite social apps, chats from your preferred messaging apps, notifications from shopping, news and photography apps, and more.
Straight answers to spoken questions. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions, like how many calories are in an avocado, what time your flight leaves, and the score of the game. Or say “Ok Google” to get stuff done, like calling a taxi, sending a text, making a restaurant reservation or setting an alarm.
The ability to better monitor your health and fitness. Hit your exercise goals with reminders and fitness summaries from Android Wear. Your favorite fitness apps can give you real-time speed, distance and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk.
Your key to a multiscreen world. Android Wear lets you access and control other devices from your wrist. Just say “Ok Google” to fire up a music playlist on your phone, or cast your favorite movie to your TV. There’s a lot of possibilities here so we’re eager to see what developers build.
Introducing Android Wear. Useful information when you need it most – at a glance or in a word. Find out more at: android.com/wear
If you’re a developer, there’s a new section on developer.android.com/wear focused on wearables. Starting today, you can download a Developer Preview so you can tailor your existing app notifications for watches powered by Android Wear. Because Android for wearables works with Android’s rich notification system, many apps will already work well. Look out for more developer resources and APIs coming soon. We’re also already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring you watches powered by Android Wear later this year.
Along with Google’s announcement of Android Wear, Motorola has announced the Moto360 Smartwatch. The watch has a very “classic” design and will run on Android Wear.
The wristwatch has been through several evolutions since it first became a popular fashion accessory more than a 100 years ago. From mechanical to electronic movements, analog to digital faces, the wristwatch has been reinvented several times over, but the basic design has endured for a century because of its elegance and usefulness ‘at a glance.’ Our vision for Moto 360 was to celebrate that history as we reimagined the wristwatch for the future.
Moto 360 keeps you on time and up to date without taking you out of the moment or distracting you, telling you what you need to know before you know you need it through subtle alerts and notifications. With just a twist of the wrist you can see who’s emailing or calling, what time your next meeting is or a friend’s latest social post.
Moto 360 also responds to your voice. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like who won the Stanford vs. New Mexico game or what time your flight leaves, or to get stuff done like scheduling an appointment, sending a text, setting an alarm or taking a note.
Most importantly, Moto 360’s iconic design, featuring a round face and premium materials, feels comfortable and familiar on your wrist. It’s everything you need, with a look that you want.
Moto 360 will be available in a variety of styles globally in Summer 2014, starting in the US. To learn more about Moto 360 and stay up to date on product news, click here.